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Phenom Hoops Player Profile: Nate Jones

Height: 5’8 Class: 2027 School: Grace Christian (Sanford) Travel Team: WCBA What Was Recently Said: Given his status as a clear leader, it would be impossible to ignore everything Jones brings to this group. He’s a quick, wiry, intelligent floor general with a crafty handle and polished scoring arsenal. Jones is a reliable playmaker with sharp vision and an understanding of how to...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Summer Grind (Day 1)

2026 Noah Dobyns (NC Spartans) Potential is one of the most exciting things to look at in young prospects, and it’s very difficult not to think about the clear long-term upside ahead for Noah. He has an unmatched skillset for his length at this age, really comfortable operating with the ball in his hands but has a patient tendency in using his fakes and pivots off the catch to find good shots...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 1 at Phenom Summer Grind (Part 2)

2026 Carter Bullock (Team Jumpstart): Bullock is one that I would continue to monitor for sure. He has the size that you like at 6’4 at his position, has shown consistently that he can fill it up and be a playmaker on the court, does a great job in showing his range and confident release behind the arc, but also be effective in other areas of the floor. Very good shooter from multiple levels....

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Young Players to Learn: Class of 2027 from Phenom Summer Showcase

2027 Keyonee Terry (The Gentz): It was the start of the event, but Terry was one that immediately caught my eye and intrigue and he didn’t disappoint throughout the event, as the 6’4 prospect is a name that I would be jotting down and watching a lot more.  He has the size, the length, and has a nice early feel; he showed glimpses of his ability to create and get downhill, use his wingspan to...

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Coopers Notes – Phenom Summer Showcase Day 2 (Part 1)

By: Cooper Hart 6’4” ‘27 Braden Miller (Carolina Riptide/Lake Norman) Miller was a pleasant surprise today out of the rising freshman class and is a name that I expect to garner buzz around the state sooner rather than later. He’s a forward that has good size, length, body control, and footwork, pretty much all the physical tools that you want from a reliable post presence. His feel for the game...

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2026 Names to Know Entering High School (North Carolina) (Part 2)

Tyler Brown By: Ethan Reece The travel season has come and gone, leaving us with a lot of impressions and thoughts on names to be excited to follow throughout the high school season. The 2026 class is next up to move into high school, and there are a lot of guys that will be making their impact felt sooner rather than later. It’s early, but this is looking like a really deep class with a lot of...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Challenge (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece 2027 Jayden Mims (PSB Raleigh)A rare sighting when someone so athletic has such control over it at his age, Jayden was extremely balanced and coordinated and used that on his way to an impressive morning game. Contrary to a lot of young kids who think they can, Jayden can really shoot it and has no second thoughts when letting it fly, he came up big with multiple mid ranges and...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece2025 Jerquarius Stanback (NLPB)Length is something every coach wants and Jerquarius has so much of it to utilize. It impacts the game even more at his age, and he takes full advantage of it. Everything in the lane is his, defensively and offensively. His reach really helps him finish from all over and around guys. Showed awareness moving through the lane amongst others and finding...

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Player Standouts from Phenom September Classic (Day 1)

By: Ethan Reece 2022 Ethan Smith (Winston 76ers)Ethan had probably the performance of the day and torched the nets for 32 pts off 7 threes in a high caliber matchup (win) against Lake Norman. He’s long at 6’7 and has the high release Larry Bird shot that’s hard to block. Wasn’t phased at all with defenders draping over him and hands in his face, and by the time they caught on it was too late,...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from September Classic (Saturday)

2025 Jake Cackovic (Strong Center): A young name that really caught some early interest with his play. Also a baseball player, Cakouik is one that hit a significant growth spurt and now is a 6’4, versatile prospect that can operate inside but also step out and knock down shots.  He moves well and is extremely active on the boards.  One to keep an eye on around the Raleigh area. 2024...

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